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Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 13 November 2018

Part One below - Harberton Folk's friends
Part Two -
A full listing for the coming month
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
This full circular is now also available as a PDF download from http://www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/ecircs/hfolk181113.pdf
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***** Part One - What are Harberton Folk's friends doing? *****
Over the 20+ years of Harberton Folk's existence we've made many wonderful friends in the folk world and below you'll find dates for what some of them are doing in or near our area in the run-up to Christmas - full details in the main listings below.

Most immediately we'd like to heartily recommend this concert to everyone on behalf of our good friend, Joe Broughton. We first met Joe when he was a (unicycling!) member of the Albion Band that performed in Harberton in December 1998, only Harberton Folk's third concert, and have enjoyed his performances in various line-ups on numerous occasions ever since. UFQ are a highly talented band and a storming show is almost guaranteed. We'll be there - John & Jan.
Sunday 18 November 2018 7.30pm - Urban Folk Quartet - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are Urban Folk Quartet. The award-winning UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009. This is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from Celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. “Seriously exceptional musicians” – R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel); “Up there with the best of them – amazing musicians.” – BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.theufq.com. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Gigspanner - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The Gigspanner trio.

Wednesday 21 November 2018 - Gigspanner Big Band - Marine Theatre Lyme Regis
Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Sacha Trochet, Phil Henry and Hannah Martin are not too far away. www.marinetheatre.com/music-gigspanner-wednesday-21-november.

Saturday 24 November 2018 7.30pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Sunday 25 November 2018 4pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James: family concert - Ashburton
The Sunday afternoon concert will be ideal for families with children. January 2006 was when Simon and Hilary performed for Harberton Folk at the Ariel Centre.

Then our own concert in Harberton. We first met Paul Sartin when a (then) young group of very talented musicians played in Harberton's Church House Inn through Villages In Action in October 2000. The other members of that group - Dr Faustus - were Benji Kirkpatrick, Rob Harbron and Tim van Eyken! Our first meeting with Paul Hutchinson even pre-dates Harberton Folk, when Hoover The Dog played a VIA concert in Harberton Parish Hall. Hoover subsequently did two concerts for us at the Ariel Centre in Totnes, in 2005 and 2009.
Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson on tour with their celebrated Christmas show. Combine your trip to the concert with a visit to the beautiful Christmas Tree Festival in the village church and/or a meal at the Church House Inn where the kitchen is opening early at 5pm for concert diners, bookings only (01803 840231).

Thursday 6 December 2018 - St Agnes Fountain - Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
The Aggies are back at Hannahs again.

Not forgetting of course the wonderful Show of Hands who have performed 11 times in total for us in Harberton and at the Ariel Centre. Jan and I went to the fabulous show at Plymouth Theatre Royal on Remembrance Sunday night. The opening set with Lost Sound Chorus with Chris Hoban was excellent. They won't be in Exmouth, but Alden, Dashwood & Patterson will. Cormac Byrne's percussion with Steve and Phil was tremendous. There could well be a 4-piece touring next year when Miranda is back from maternity leave! We first saw Cormac performing as part of Uiscedwr at South Pool Village Hall near Kingsbridge quite a few years ago (another Villages In Action event), so we knew what to expect.
6-8 December 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth
www.showofhands.co.uk.

Last not least, two good friends playing together!
Tuesday 11 December 2018 7.30pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Thursday 13 December 2018 8pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)

***** Part Two - A full listing for the coming month *****

Tuesday 13 November 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with the Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Shanty workshop led by the Exmouth Shanty Men. Lead a song, join in and ask us about joining our crew. www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Wednesday 14 November 2018 - Afro Celt Sound System - Princess Theatre, Torquay
Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. Their acclaimed live performances are energetic and captivating and innovatively combine folk traditions of different cultures to breath-taking effect. They won Best Group in the 2017 Songlines Music Awards. Simon Emmerson is joined by long-term members’ vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Their live show features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians including Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and bodhrán player and percussionist Robbie Harris. They will also be joined by special guests Peter Tickell on fiddle, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon Richmond on keyboards and Lottie Cullen on pipes and whistle. www.atgtickets.com/shows/an-evening-with-afro-celt-sound-system/princess-theatre-torquay.

Wednesday 14 November 2018 7.30pm – ‘Tales and Songs of the Dart’ – Stoke Gabriel Church, Church Walk, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6SD
Join John Risdon, renowned local historian, and Cosgrave & Banks, superb folk duo, for a magical tour of the extraordinary history and beauty of the Dart estuary, through tales, images, and music. John Risdon’s love of our local history, and ability to convey it in fascinating and vivid tales, is legendary. The tales are accompanied with his beautiful images of local scenes and historical paintings. Steve Banks of duo Cosgrave & Banks (www.cosgraveandbanks.com) lives in Stoke Gabriel, on the Dart, and wrote or arranged the songs and tunes for the CD 'Dart Songs'. The amazing tales you will hear, in prose and in song, include: the Battle of Blackpool Sands (1402); Madre de Dios – Portuguese galleon captured and brought to Dartmouth in 1592 with £1million of treasure aboard; Memory Tree – US troops preparing for the D-Day landings in 1942. £8.50 on door, includes wine in interval. All proceeds to Totnes Drop-In Centre, helping the homeless and needy in Totnes and surrounding areas.

Wednesday 14 November 2018 7.30pm - Daoiri Farrell - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track. ‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’ Dónal Lunny; ‘I’ve been listening to Daoirí’s emerging sounds since first hearing him at the Góilin Singers Club in Dublin when he was a young lad….always a treat to hear him sing.’ Christy Moore. A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Thursday 15 November 2018 7.30pm - Buckfastleigh Unearthed - Town Hall, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
What are the the stories and characters that make Buckfastleigh such a unique place? Playwright Lucy Bell, Actors Charlie Coldfield and Kirsty Cox, visual artist Peter Magerum and folk musician Jim Causley have joined forces to weave together stories of Buckfastleigh’s history into a fascinating evening of original song, enthralling drama, interactive art, reminiscent sound and archives footage and images. Doors 7pm.  Please book your tickets in advance: £8 adult, £4 U18; details www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events/unearth-buckfastleigh-unearthed.

Thursday 15 November 2018 7pm - The Churchfitters ~ Folk Unlimited - Nicholls Hall, Lydford, Okehampton EX20 4BH
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a motor bike petrol tank. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms and traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax! Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls their music ‘totally brilliant and beautiful’. Details, bookings etc. www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Thursday 15 November 2018 7.30pm - Kit Holmes with Alan Greenwood - Coronation Hall, Mary Tavy, Tavistock PL19 9QA
A fun entertaining evening to get your music taste buds tingling! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as "Macy Gray meets Nick Drake", and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Recent gigs include: Paul McCartney’s LIPA; the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC; a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.
More details, bookings etc. www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Kit Holmes with Alan Greenwood - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
A fun entertaining evening to get your music taste buds tingling! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as "Macy Gray meets Nick Drake", and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Recent gigs include: Paul McCartney’s LIPA; the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC; a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 adult / £5 child / £25 family available from Steph on 01364 631288 or www.ticketsource.co.uk.

Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Gigspanner - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, multi award winning fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write “Gigspanner are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer” 5*****. Described as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”, they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
The Friends on Brixham Library are delighted to welcome back Cosgrave & Banks for our annual concert. They first performed in 2016 and there has been an overwhelming demand for their return. They have been described as ‘one of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures’ whose music takes you ‘on a sumptuous journey far and wide across the UK and Europe’. Their last concert was a magical evening and we are looking forward to the same superb quality of music delights. Doors 7pm. Members £10; non-members £12, available in advance from Brixham Library, tel: 01803 853870; ticket includes a free drink.

Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Reg Meuross + Harbottle & Jonas - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Whitehouse Sessions presents Reg Meuross, described as a "brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience" by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2's Folk Show. With special guests Harbottle & Jonas, a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. Full details www.regmeuross.com.

Friday 16 November 2018 7pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Exmouth
RNLI Fundraiser. An annual fund raiser for ESM's chosen charity, the RNLI, being hosted by the Point Bar and Grill on the Marina in Exmouth. ESM singing frequently between 7 and 9pm - so why drop in and join in the fun while supporting a very worthy cause.

Friday 16 November 2018 9pm - The Man and The Lake - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Wild, poetic, uproarious and anthemic. The Man and The Lake is an Adriatic folk-rock band based in Bristol, UK. The band's eclectic sound is inspired by Italian, Romani and Balkan music and blended with American and British folk-rock. They bring fiery rhythms, dark notes and stories from far away. Their shows have been described as "a dance-off at a funeral", with diverse influences that will drive you ecstatically into a ritual Venetian dance. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 8pm - Cam Penner & Jon Wood - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Producing music of truly epic proportions from not much more than a lap slide guitar, a ukulele, guitar and bass drum, Cam Penner's perambulations from his log cabin in British Columbia with his sidekick Jon Wood, are always eagerly awaited. A bearded bear of a man, Cam's formidable presence belies his ability to vocalize his acoustic lullabies in a way that’ll tug your gnarly heart strings, making breathtaking falsetto leaps as Jon Wood takes flight laying down ethereal washes of lap slide sound behind Cam’s Guitar and Ukulele. Tickets £12 from the Bridge 01392 873862 or www.seetickets.com.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2019 - Folk & Acoustic Tune & Song Session - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Eat, drink, play, sing or listen with Banned from the Moor ceilidh band, Back Beach Boyz shanty crew from Teignmouth, and friends. An evening event - the music will start when the performers have finished their dinner. They anticipate ordering and eating as they arrive from 6.30pm onwards. Feel free to book and join the meal; call 01364 621720.

Saturday 17 November 2018 9pm - "Duelling Concertinas": Geoff Lakeman & Jody Kruskal - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The B-Bar, is hosting an international squeeze-box "play-off" between two masters of the concertina. Expect musical fireworks at this one-off double-header gig featuring probably the USA's best concertina player Jody Kruskal who is touring the UK from his home in New York and our very own Geoff Lakeman, stalwart of the west-country folk scene as well as patriarch to Lakeman folk dynasty. The venue could not be better - it's less than 100 yards from the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail! Both musicians are supreme entertainers who play a wide range of foot-tapping and sing-a-long material.And this is no long-face, serious concert. They promise gut-busting humour and plenty of audience participation. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 17 November 2018 - Autumn Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
Doors and bar 7.15pm. Music 8-11pm with a short interval. ‘Reel Ale’ bar throughout. Tickets £10 adult, £5 U16, from Blackawton Community Shop, The George Inn 01803 712 159 or villagehall@blackawtoncommunity.com; also available on the door if space permits, tickets are limited to 100 so door availability can’t be guaranteed.

UPDATED Saturday 17 November 2018 8pm - Kitty Macfarlane - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Kitty has a superb voice and excellent musicianship and songwriting skills. Her new album has received rave reviews and I doubt we will be able to afford her again! "Macfarlane’s vocal style is easy, tuneful and “in the tradition”, as the saying goes, but what sets her work apart is her affinity with the natural world and some startlingly poetic lyrics... most songs here receive a light touch from producers Sam Kelly and Jacob Stoney: a looping keyboard, a touch of mandolin, the ambience of lapping waves or birdsong. Delightful" The Observer. www.kittymacfarlane.com. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 17 November 2018 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A unique concert which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Fronted by the duo Bookends, the concert has toured the globe extensively being described as ‘simply breathtaking’. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Saturday 17 November 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Daria Kulesh & Marina Osman - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Daria's collaboration with the extraordinary pianist Marina Osman (originally from Belarus) started with a set of nostalgic Russian songs, mostly from classic Soviet-era films, combined with Russian folk favourites. Since then, the dynamic duo's successful partnership has extended to Daria's solo material, offering a fantastic variety for every listener regardless of their language and cultural background. Expect plenty of authentic Russian flavour, superb musicianship and heaps of heartfelt, infectious energy. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

Sunday 18 November 2018 7.30pm - The Churchfitters ~ Folk Unlimited - Bigbury Memorial Hall, Bigbury TQ7 4HQ
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a motor bike petrol tank. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms and traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax! Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls their music ‘totally brilliant and beautiful’. Details, bookings etc. www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

UPDATED Sunday 18 November 2018 7.45pm - Jody Kruskal - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Jody Kruskal presents an eclectic mix of American old-time and blues songs and music, singing to his fabulous accompaniments on his anglo concertina. Hailing from New York City, he loves to perform in the UK where his concerts offer a warm and engaging solo presentation of traditional and popular American songs of yesteryear. From witty and humorous ditties to songs that explore the depths of the human condition, with plenty of opportunity to join in the chorus. Add to all this the antics of Henry, his dancing puppet, and you have an evening’s entertainment to remember. “Brilliant concertina player” – Vin Garbutt. www.jodykruskal.com.  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 18 November 2018 7.30pm - Urban Folk Quartet - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are Urban Folk Quartet. The award-winning UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009. This is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from Celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. “Seriously exceptional musicians” – R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel); “Up there with the best of them – amazing musicians.” – BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.theufq.com. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Sunday 18 November 2018 7-9pm - LOSt COYOTES - Church House Inn, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SF
Devon-based band LOSt COYOTES play songs about the American south, traditional celtic tunes from Ireland and Scotland, cajun songs from Louisiana, and a sprinkling of songs from Latin America. With acoustic instruments - fiddle, cittern, accordion, and percussion and the odd howl - this is atmospheric music to evoke a mood, or lively music to get up and dance. Free entry. Info: 07557 002622. Sunday night is pizza night at the Church House Inn. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page

Monday 19 November 2018 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Daria Kulesh & Marina Osman - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
With Daria Kulesh, singer/songwriter and so much more, as guest performer from 9pm. Daria will be joined by Marina Osman. Refreshments available, both alcoholic and soft drinks. Doors open 7pm, open mic 7.30pm to 9pm. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.

Tuesday 20 November 2018 8pm - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
A duo with a strong reputation for delivering great performances. Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self-penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition be it ballad or dance. The resultant mix is a sound that is both familiar and fresh. The duo is well known for their instrumental skills, Jonny mainly plays guitars (and other stringed things) and accordion and Vicki the Swedish nyckelharpa. Between them they have an impressive range of other instruments including various types of bagpipes, flute, recorder, cow horn and some instruments too big to go gigging with. For more information call 01392 881105. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

NEW Thursday 22 November 2018 7.30pm - Maggie Duffy - Cantina Kitchen, Young's Park Road, Goodrington, Paignton TQ4 6BU
An intimate evening with Maggie presenting a mixture of her own songs plus some of the most lovely and seldom heard songs from many artistes and eras, such as Diamonds & Rust, Boy with the Moon & Star, Love Minus Zero. Free entry, Cantina Kitchen is a café/restaurant/bar, 01803 525377.

Thursday 22 November 2018 7.30pm - Valerie Belsey with Jim Causley: Green Lanes in Devon - Whimple Victory Hall, Church Road, Whimple EX5 2TS
The History of Green Lanes in East Devon with author Valerie Belsey accompanied by folk musician Jim Causley. Doors 7pm. Tickets via contact on www.whimple.org.

UPDATED Thursday 22 November 2018 8pm - Free Concert: Simon Barron + Acorn Shakers - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Simon Barron has been singing and playing English traditional songs nationally for 15 years, first with the duo Barron Brady and now solo . Simon is a self-taught guitarist and keeps the accompaniment out of the way of the words and melody, it’s the songs that matter. Simon confesses to be a folk fanatic and says “folk is exciting, moving and relevant music, hallowed by time - the only kind of music that never gets old. I celebrate that and hope I demonstrate my love for this powerful music every time I sing.” Mike Harding said “...Simon’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs". Samples www.sibarron.eu. Acorn Shakers (Andrew, Emily, Nick and Claire) draw on their long-term musical experiences to play, sing and dance an exciting and varied repertoire from American Old Time’s golden era: the 1920s and ‘30s - from mountain ballads to string band songs, reels, rags and waltzes - and anything in between! Between them they play fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, tenor guitar, dulcimer, banjo bass, ukulele and washboard. They also throw in vocal harmonies and percussive feet! Samples www.facebook.com/acornshakers. No need to book; please be seated by 8pm. We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Thursday 22 November 2018 7.30pm - The Newgrass Cutters - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Pete Brown, son of Rock'n'Roll veteran Joe, has formed a new and wonderfully talented Bluegrass band, featuring the superb musicians who tour with Joe Brown. These are the incredible Nashville recording artist and banjo/mandolin virtuoso Richard Collins, Mike Nichols on bass, legendary drummer and singer Phil Capaldi, plus Pete Brown on guitar, lap steel and mandolin. Collectively they’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the business including George Harrison, Deep Purple, Dave Gilmour and Steve Winwood. They wow the audiences with their stunning new arrangements of rock and pop classics, brilliant interpretations, and acclaimed vocal and instrumental performances they call ‘NewGrass’. £14. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 23 November 2018 8pm - Eliza Acty - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of music - Americana, folk, old-time, contemporary and original, spanning a century of sound. Tonight Eliza sings and plays guitar alongside her father Peter Acty, an accomplished American-style clawhammer and frailing banjo player, and he's also a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist. For videos go to www.elizaacty.com. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

Friday 23 November 2018 8pm - Rosie Hood and Lucy Huzzard - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
A folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire, Rosie Hood is known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having learnt folk songs from an early age, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs. June 2017 saw Rosie release her first solo album, a collection of old and new folk songs, described by The Guardian as “a classy arrival”. Melodeon player Lucy Huzzard is perhaps best-known for her clog dancing in the Demon Barbers' Lock In show and her work with Third Beat Dance Collective. Lucy studied on Newcastle University's Folk Degree. Email bookings@liveandacoustic.co.uk or call 01837 840775 for tickets £8. www.churchhouseconcerts.co.uk.

Cancelled Friday 23 November 2018 - Silvington and Friends - Royal Western Yacht Club, Queen Anne's Battery, Plymouth
Contact 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com.

Friday 23 November 2018 8pm - Sheelanagig - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Delivering intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style, the band who formed in early 2005 had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Friday 23 November 2018 7.30pm - Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience. The duo’s latest critically acclaimed album includes the haunting duet “Horses” with Scottish singer Eddi Reader. Join Kiki and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “I Got The Music In Me” and the stunning “Amoureuse”. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 24 November 2018 8pm - Worry Dolls - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
“Worry Dolls combine a great sensibility of American Country music with their own English folk influences to create a warm and infectious sound” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. “London duo Worry Dolls lit up the main stage with their harmony driven indie-pop in their most prestigious performance to date” – Rob Bridge (Folk Radio UK), Cambridge Folk Festival. “Worry Dolls are going places” – The Bluegrass Situation. Special guest: Jake Morrell. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 24 November 7.30 pm - The Lost Sound: Dartmoor Folk Choir - St Emmanuel Church, 1 Compton Ave, Plymouth PL3 5BZ
The Choir start a short winter tour entitled 'Stormy Weather' fresh from supporting Show of Hands in Plymouth at the Theatre Royal. 'As the rain descends and the stormy winds are howlin' - come take shelter in the warmth of our songs, our luxuriant harmonies and the rousing rhythms that mark the passage of time.' This show is raising funds for the local Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group. Online ticketing via www.thelostsound.co.uk or email info@thelostsound.co.uk.

Saturday 24 November 2018 7.30pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
“A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour.” The Guardian. And on BBC Radio 4 they were described as “Britain’s leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso” and “one of Britain’s finest voices”. More at www.mayorandjames.com.Tickets £13 or £10 or £6 – you choose, from www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonlive or email info@ashburtonlive.co.uk to reserve.

Sunday 25 November 2018 4pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Family Concert – very child-friendly. This is a specially written family show featuring sensational songs, strange and wonderful instruments and much hilarity. These two musicians have presented programmes for BBC Radios 2 & 4 and BBC Schools Music programmes for six years. See www.musicalmysterytour.co.uk for more. Tickets £10 or £6 – you choose, from www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonlive or email info@ashburtonlive.co.uk to reserve.

UPDATED Sunday 25 November 2018 - Ian Bruce - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Question: what can you buy for £10 these days? A couple of coffees, a few snacks?? For that same £10 we are offering not one singer in concert but four!!! Superb Scottish singer Ian Bruce with Maggie Duffy & Bob Thomson as 1st half support and for 2nd half support the brilliant singer/songwriter Stuart Taylor. Maggie discovered Stuart at a gig in Newton Abbot and describes Stuart's style as a hint of Bob Dylan, but with the energy of Bruce Springsteen! His songs are incredibly powerful and his guitar playing is stunning. Stuart is also from Scotland. This will be a night of much musical diversity with songs from all eras and genres, with some amusing stories thrown in for good measure. We have much planned for 2019 but will have a suggestion box set up on the 25th so you can pop some of your own requests in that too. Doors 7pm. For numbers purposes please book your tickets a.s.a.p., from Maggie on 01803 855961 / 07770 806083, or email scotcraft@msn.com, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/455228. Free parking; on bus route.

Sunday 25 November 2018 7.30pm - Crediton Unearthed - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX
What are the the stories and characters that make Crediton such a unique place? Playwright Lucy Bell, Actors Charlie Coldfield and Kirsty Cox, visual artist Peter Magerum and folk musician Jim Causley have joined forces to weave together stories of Crediton’s history into a fascinating evening of original song, enthralling drama, interactive art, reminiscent sound and archives footage and images.  Doors 7pm. Please book your tickets in advance: £8 adult, £4 U18; details www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events/unearth-crediton-unearthed.

NEW Monday 26 November 2018 8.30pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. www.elizaacty.com.

Friday 30 November 2018 7.30pm - Jamie Smith's Mabon - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Now consistently celebrated as one of the UK’s outstanding Celtic roots acts, the 5-piece band of virtuoso musicians perform blistering live shows. Songs, instrumentals - a broad musical palette - a combination of original compositions and talented musicianship. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Friday 30 November 2018 9pm - Jamie Yost - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Jamie Yost is an alternative folk, singer-songwriter, based in the southwest. With a blend of soulful vocals and heart felt lyrics he flits between the acoustic, electric and keys. His sound has been compared to artists such as Ben Howard, Matt Corby and Daughter. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 1 December 2018 7.30pm - Johnny Coppin ‘All on a Winter’s Night’ - Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, Exeter EX6 6AA
Carols, songs and stories with Johnny Coppin, accompanied by Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury. ‘Unquestionably at the top of his game’ - Acoustic Magazine. Tickets and/or information from Pete Privett on 07837 532704 or tsmtickets@btinternet.com.

Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music’ - Mike Harding. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets £15, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

Saturday 1 December 2018 7.30pm - Sound of the Sirens - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. This show will give fans a taste of new material as they plan towards releasing a new album in 2019. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 1 December 2018 10.30am-3.30pm - Music for Morris Dancing – Community Hall Primary School, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Cotswold - North West - Border - Molly - Rapper - Longsword. Led by Steve Gill and Mary Marker. A Devon Folk event. Music available/by ear. £10. Details, application form see www.devonfolk.org.uk/Pages/Activities.html.

Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - An evening of acoustic music - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
with Reefs of Moonshine, Guy Somerfield, Navigator. Tickets £7 door or available from The Bridge Inn 01392 873862; Chris Austin: 07812 688432 or 01395 224594. The Bridge Inn opens at 6pm on Saturdays.

Saturday 1 December 2018 - Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free).

Sunday 2 December 2018 7.45pm - Jigantics - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Tuesday 4 December 2018 7.30pm - Elles Bailey - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music, after a stint in hospital as a child changed her voice forever. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 6 December 2018 - St Agnes Fountain - Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartful renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years. Full details, ticketing etc. www.discoverhannahs.org/whats-on/st-agnes-fountain. Tel. 01626 325800.

NEW 6-8 December 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
It’s been quite a 12 months for Show of Hands, featuring an extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, sell-out shows at eminent venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Cutty Sark - and Harberton's St Andrew's Church! -  solo tours, duo tours and Steve’s writing for the upcoming studio album. Miranda and husband Dan are embarking on their own adventure with their first baby due in November, and so Cormac Byrne (legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame) steps into the breach with his spectacular talents to complete the Show of Hands autumn trio. Together, Steve and Phil will deliver the festival favourites that fans know and love, with Cormac adding a new twist. They’ll also showcase the results of Steve’s recent songwriting. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 7 December 2018 8pm - O’Hooley & Tidow - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
One of British Folk’s mightiest combinations, O’Hooley & Tidow return for an evening of beautifully performed, original, contemporary and traditional Winter songs from their latest album ‘WinterFolk Vol 1’, produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker. Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (their time will come!) and described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters’, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that went down a storm at their last appearance with us. ‘They sing together in the way families do…like The Coppers or The Watersons’. Tom Robinson, 6 Music. www.ohooleyandtidow.com. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 7 December 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Meridianum Ensemble - Hatch Court, Churchstow
This large world music group features musicians from the UK (inc Griselda Sanderson, Louis Bingham, Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant) and Portugal. Fascinating sounds. See www.meridianum.eu for more about the band. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 7.30pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas! - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! www.jimcausley.co.uk. Tel. 01363 866082. Doors 7pm.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 7.30pm - Glorious Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Join one of the South West's best loved acclaimed choirs for a concert full of festive favourites and original music.  Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 7.30pm - Barn Dance - Longdown Village Hall, nr Exeter EX6 7SN
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: Chris Jewell. £7, including pasty.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Folk Orchestra of Torbay Christmas Concert - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
details tba www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - The Dylan Project - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band. The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) Phil Bond (keys) Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language. The Dylan Project's repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre – everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi – and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums – you won't be disappointed. £20. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - Martin Harley - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - Maddy and the Chaps - Atmospheric Railway Inn, The Strand, Starcross, Exeter EX6 8PA
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Meridianum Ensemble - Church of St. Michaels the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
This large world music group features musicians from the UK (inc Griselda Sanderson, Louis Bingham, Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant) and Portugal. Fascinating sounds. See www.meridianum.eu for more about the band.

NEW Sunday 9 December 2018 4pm - Eliza Acty - Seven Stars Inn, Seven Stars Lane, Plymouth PL5 4NN
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. www.elizaacty.com.

NEW Sunday 9 December 2018 7.30pm - Meridianum Ensemble - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
This large world music group features musicians from the UK (inc Griselda Sanderson, Louis Bingham, Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant) and Portugal. Fascinating sounds. See www.meridianum.eu for more about the band. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

NEW Sunday 9 December 2018 7.30pm - A Star, A Song, A Sign - The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum
An evening of Christmas music performed by Bow Community Choir with special guest (Brit Classic award nominee) Thomas Cameron. Profits to local head injury charity, Headway Devon. Tickets £10. Tel 01363 881469.

NEW Tuesday 11 December 2018 7.30pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. “Knight’s playing is a revelation. A world away from folky fiddling, it’s fully informed by the classical style, all long sweeping bow strokes and eloquent legato. Yet he never loses the essential folk heart of the music, tracing a graceful line of his own making” Review of Cambridge Folk Festival’s ‘City Roots’; “John’s elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easy-going folk club banter is a quiet triumph!” Robin Denselow, The Guardian. Support: Exeter Santa Lucia Singers. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 11 December 2018 - Harbottle & Jonas - The Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
details tba/tbc www.bayhorsetotnes.com.

NEW Wednesday 12 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - All Saints Church, Okehampton
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! www.jimcausley.co.uk. Tickets £10 door. More information from Stephen Cook 01837 659297.

NEW Thursday 13 December 2018 8pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. “Knight’s playing is a revelation. A world away from folky fiddling, it’s fully informed by the classical style, all long sweeping bow strokes and eloquent legato. Yet he never loses the essential folk heart of the music, tracing a graceful line of his own making” Review of Cambridge Folk Festival’s ‘City Roots’; “John’s elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easy-going folk club banter is a quiet triumph!” Robin Denselow, The Guardian. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knight-and-john-spiers-tickets-48083138963. Hosted by Millbrook Folk Club.

NEW Thursday 13 December 2018 7.30pm - Swedish St Lucia Procession - St Michael's Mount Dinham Church, Exeter EX4 4EB
Across Scandinavia, the darkest part of the year is marked by celebrating St Lucia, bringer of light, in a special candlelit musical procession. Exeter's very own Swedish choir, ExeSwedes - with friends - will be donning their candles, crowns and Lucia robes and performing a magical concert featuring seasonal Swedish songs. Led by Rosa Rebecka. Free of charge.

NEW Friday 14 December 2018 7.30pm - India Electric Company - Church of St Michael & All Angels, Church Hill, Awliscombe, Honiton (map)
Part of a unique series of candle-lit concerts from India Electric Company in historic churches. www.indiaelectricco.com. Refreshments will be available. Limited parking but plenty available in the village hall & pub car park a few yards up from the Church. Please note, there are no toilets at the venue, but the lovely pub The Honiton Inn is a few yards up the road. After show drinks at the pub strongly advised! Doors 7pm. Tickets £11+/£9+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/454280.

NEW Friday 14 December 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: tba, possibly recorded music.
A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 7.30pm - Glorious Chorus - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Join one of the South West's best loved acclaimed choirs for a concert full of festive favourites and original music.  Tickets from www.gloriouschorus.co.uk or Drift Records, Totnes tel. 01803 866828.

NEW Sunday 16 December 2018 7.45pm - Johnny Coppin - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
One of England`s finest singer-songwriters presents a rich mix of carols and songs old and new, together with stories and folklore. For many years Johnny toured as a duo with Phil Beer (Show of Hands). He has recorded over twelve albums including 'Borderland', `Edge of Day` with writer Laurie Lee, and now a 4th Christmas album All On A Winter's Night. Playing guitar and piano, his music is essentially British, and always melodic and evocative. Johnny is joined by Paul Burgess on fiddle and recorders (ex John Kirkpatrick Band), and Dik Cadbury on guitars (ex Steve Hackett, Decameron). www.johnnycoppin.co.uk. "fine music performed by a singer, unquestionably at the top of his game" - Acoustic magazine. "Unbelievably beautiful music...just what you need for Christmas" - English Dance & Song. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Bicton Inn, Exmouth
The Bicton Inn at 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU has a regular monthly music programme (of various genres). I'm going to attempt to maintain a monthly listing for the pub, with a link from the home page of www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

d'Accord French and Breton dance & music club in Exeter
The next d'Accord event takes place on Saturday 24 November. Email d'Accord at their NEW address daccordinexeter@gmail.com for details, and to join their emailing list.

Trade Winds Christmas Party? (Scoriton)
We didn’t have a Trade Winds Christmas Party last year, for a variety of reasons, but we’re thinking about one for this year, if there’s enough support. Can we have a show of electronic hands, please, from all those who could come and would like to, to a party in Holne Village Hall (it’s noticeably cheaper than Scoriton) on Sunday 16 December. The party has the same mix of poems, songs, stories and music, but with the added twist of a buffet, formed from the bring-and-share goodies those attending bring with them. We also try and organise a raffle to cover the hall hire, so as always, Trade Winds remains free at the point of delivery. Also, since there is no bar, if people can bring their drink of choice with them, that should sort that out. Contact us a.s.a.p. simon@farmhouse.ac / 01364 631308 and if there are enough takers, we’ll try and book the hall. Simon and Susan.

Session news
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
RIP
Totnes: Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, 47 Fore Street TQ9 5NJ (01803 840202, Simon & Susan: susan@farmhouse.ac, 01364 631308). Occasional, 7pm for 7.30pm.Open mic, hosted by Trade Winds. No longer happening.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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4/11/18

Harberton Folk Circular - Sunday 4 November 2018

Part Two - One-liners for the rest of December
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
This full circular is now also available as a PDF download from http://www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/ecircs/hfolk181104.pdf
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***** Part Two - One-liners for the rest of December *****

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard
NEW
Saturday 15 December 2018 7.30pm - Glorious Chorus - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
NEW Sunday 16 December 2018 7.45pm - Johnny Coppin - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
NEW Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
NEW Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
NEW Thursday 20 December 2018 7.30pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - St Nicholas Priory, Mint Lane, off Fore street, Exeter EX4 3BL
NEW Thursday 20 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
NEW Friday 21 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - Lustleigh Village Hall
NEW
Friday 21 December 2018 7.30pm - Tobias ben Jacob and friends - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
NEW Friday 21 December 2018 8pm - Maddy and the Chaps - Welcome Inn, Mount Pleasant Rd, Dawlish Warren EX7 0NE
NEW
Saturday 22 December 2018 7.30pm - The Lost Sound, Dartmoor Folk Choir  - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Sold out Saturday 22 December 2018 7.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf
Sold out Sunday 23 December 2018 7.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea
NEW
Thursday 27 December 2018 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ
NEW Monday 31 December 2018 8pm-12.15am - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

NEW Monday 31 December 2018 8pm-12.15am - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Anne Gill. Tickets £12.50, advance only, from Alan 01626 863016 or Anne 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

Session news - Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop, Tavistock
The regular monthly (4th Tuesday) acoustic sessions for November and December at the Copper Penny are cancelled due to to holidays and Christmas. The next Copper Penny session therefore will be on Tuesday 22 January 2019.

Finally today - Just under 4 weeks to go until...
Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour -
Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) on tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour. This is the only tour date west of Wiltshire and Somerset so don't miss it. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets £15, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

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25/10/18

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 25 October 2018

Part One below - Harberton Folk's Belshazzar's Feast concert on Sat 1st December
Part Two -
A full listing to the end of November
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
This full circular is now also available as a PDF download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/ecircs/hfolk181025.pdf
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***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Session News
New venue for Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Performance Club:
Newton Abbot RFC, Rackerhayes, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3SJ

Every Monday 7.15pm to 10.15pm. £2 entrance including raffle, raising money for Rowcroft Hospice. Featured artist nights - 19 November - Eternal Circle (Martin & Janet Sidebotham), 3 December - Tom Hayes (of Alpha Tide, album launch), 17 December - Nigel Dee. Unplugged sessions on 5 November and 10 December. Closed 24 and 31 December. www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

Miscellaneous other events

For Mad Dog McRea fans:
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance.
Saturday 15 December 2018 8pm - - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard - www.carnglaze.com
Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ -
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk
Thursday 20 December 2018 8pm - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ - www.beehivehoniton.co.uk
Sunday 23 December 2018 7.30pm - - Tavistock Wharf -
www.tavistockwharf.com

World Unlimited concerts at St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
World Unlimited (Graham Radley) continues with its busy programme (subject to updates) through to Christmas time. "A magical setting for live music, our famous home made cakes and refreshments in the interval, please bring your own wine etc if you want, we have glasses." Free car park opposite. Tickets available from Seetickets.com and wegottickets.com (subject to booking fee). Or you can also buy direct, paying by BACS or cheque (no booking fee), call 01803 875527 / 07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details, samples, online bookings, full programme; or call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.
14 November - Daoiri Farrell; 16 November - Gigspanner; 17 November - Jo Harman; 18 November - Urban Folk Quartet; 23 November - Kiki Dee & Carmelo |Luggeri; 30 November - Jamie Smith's Mabon; 1 December - Sound Of The Sirens; 4 December - Elles Bailey; 8 December - Glorious Chorus; 11 December - Peter Knight & John Spiers; 21 December - Tobias ben Jacob and friends

NEW 6-8 December 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
It’s been quite a 12 months for Show of Hands, featuring an extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, sell-out shows at eminent venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Cutty Sark - and Harberton's St Andrew's Church! -  solo tours, duo tours and Steve’s writing for the upcoming studio album. Miranda and husband Dan are embarking on their own adventure with their first baby due in November, and so Cormac Byrne (legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame) steps into the breach with his spectacular talents to complete the Show of Hands autumn trio. Together, Steve and Phil will deliver the festival favourites that fans know and love, with Cormac adding a new twist. They’ll also showcase the results of Steve’s recent songwriting. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - The Dylan Project - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band. The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) Phil Bond (keys) Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language. The Dylan Project's repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre – everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi – and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums – you won't be disappointed. £20. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 15 February 2019 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After more than fifty years on the road Fairport Convention’s passion for live performance has never wavered. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire. Renowned as the founding fathers of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has maintained consistently high standards for over five decades and remains as entertaining as ever. Still bold, still vigorous and still willing to take musical chances, an evening with Fairport never fails to dazzle and delight audiences. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 15 February 2019 - Jackie Oates - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Jackie is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival. www.wegottickets.com/event/450407. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Winter Concerts at the Crabshell, Kingsbridge
Four "free" concerts are planned in the Crabshell this winter, thanks to the landlord and staff for letting us have the room again. We are pleased to announce the line-up for the first concert on Thursday 22 November: Simon Barron and Acorn Shakers will be our guests; full details on www.shamstrad.co.uk. No need to book; but please be seated by 8pm. To get a good seat get in early! Future concerts will be on 24 January, 28 February and 28 March. Programmes are in the process of being sorted. If you would like to be part of a programme on any of these dates or would like to recommend someone you know, please let Paul know as soon as possible (contact details on website).

Ashburton Arts
Ashburton Arts recently celebrated the first anniversary of its purchase of the old Methodist Church. An extensive programme of arts events of many genres currently extending over the next 3 months is available to view at
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on. Well worth a look through. Here just a few names and dates for starters: 6/10 Mevagissey Male Choir; 20/10 Moscow Drug Club; 16/11 Reg Meuross + Harbottle & Jonas; 24+25/11 Simon Mayor & Hilary James; Meridianum Ensemble. Ticket prices for some events are also tiered, depending on what you can afford.

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NEW Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

Autumn/winter 2018: September 19/26, October 3/10/17/31, November 7/14/21/28, December 5/12.
Tunelink is a community project that provides opportunities for engagement with traditional music and dance in the South Hams.
Led by local musicians Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham, these workshops will focus on practical learning through playing and participation. There will also be occasional visits from guest artists, and content will be a mix of instrumental music, song and dance repertoire from a range of traditions, including but by no means limited to Irish, Scandinavian, Breton, Cornish or Old-time. Participants will require some existing ability on their own instrument (acoustic only), and a willingness to dance. Sessions are based on traditional aural teaching methods, so a willingness to learn and play by ear is also necessary. We encourage musicians passing through the area to attend the sessions, and welcome new participants joining the group at any stage of the term. Sessions are open to all ages, though under 16’s must be accompanied by a participating, responsible adult. For more information see www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.

Session News
Lympstone (nr. Exmouth): The Saddlers Arms, Exmouth Rd. EX8 5LS (Pub: 01395 265369; Olly: 07741409265, ollydavey1950@gmail.com )
Fourth Wednesday of every month, 8.30pm.  Lympstone Folk, Roots & Acoustic.  “All acts welcome.  A good sized car park and it’s right on the No 57 bus route.” This session is alive and well, following a recent RIP notice which may have cause confusion and referred only to the open mic, which happened on a Thursday.

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1) Church House Inn, Churchstow, sessions run by John Connor start again on Thursday 6 September at 8pm, and thereafter on the first Thursday of each month until June 2019.
2) Dartington , Acoustic Folk Nights at Meadowbrook Community Centre, Shinners Bridge. All musicians welcome, all styles; Songs; Tunes; start 8.30pm; Fridays: Sep 14th; Oct 12th; Nov 9th; Dec 7th. Facebook: meadowbrook dartington community centre.
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
RIP
3) Folly Gate (nr. Okehampton) The Crossways Inn EX20 3AH (Pub: 01837 52088; Dave: 07792 259338, http://www.drjams.co.uk/ )
Third Monday of the month, 9pm. Open mic / jam. “Sorry to say that the Crossways jam is no more. Unfortunately we struggled to get the locals out to support it but thank you to everyone who came and performed and I wish the Crossways all the best for the future.” Dave
4) Lympstone (nr. Exmouth): The Saddlers Arms, Exmouth Rd. EX8 5LS (01395 265369; Ashley: 07799722607, bbmmusic@btinternet.com) Second Thursday of every month, 8.30pm. Open mic. Discontinued.

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Harberton Concerts Update - both concerts at Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes
Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour

On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Plenty of tickets available

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Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings
Website listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events - Regular email updates
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk, Steve Cunio) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
Folk in Cornwall
What it says on the tin - www.folkincornwall.co.uk - clubs, sessions, events...
Acoustic Calendar - Sign up for email updates at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com
Tony Watts' monthly calendar of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mics in the South West. "The Acoustic Calendar is all about DIY music (NOT concerts, gigs, ceilidhs etc). The purpose of the Calendar is to keep you informed of all the places where you can take your voice and/or instrument and join in or do your own thing."
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for July
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
(Unfortunately this is the last monthly East Devon Gig Guide from Rachel, who says:)
"This is just to let you know that I will not be compiling and sending out any more gig guides for Exmouth. It has become increasingly difficult to get information directly from both the venues and the artists. I have really enjoyed putting it together and would like to say a special thank you to Ted (always first to reply to my email!), Martin, Alison, Geoff and others who have supported the effort and to the many music loving subscribers to the gig guide. We are very lucky to live in a place with so much wonderful live music. Long may it continue. Rachel"

Exeter Ceilidhs - Advance notice of a new ceilidh series starting in December 2018
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. They are on Saturdays between 8-11pm. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. The ceilidhs will be held at the Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE.
Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free).
2018/2019 line-up: Dec 1 2018 :Spinach For Norman; Jan 26 2019 :Pigs Might Fly; March 2 :Bloatertown; March 23 :Dartmoor Pixie Band; April 27 :Dumbo's Feather; May 25 :Phoenix

Session news
Okehampton: Okey Folky, The Plume of Feathers, 8 Fore St. EX20 1HB (01837 52815, www.facebook.com/Okey-Folky-2052675631681435)
Last Sunday of the month, 8pm. Open folk session/club. “Everyone is welcome, singers, dancers, musicians.”

Coming up at Exeter Phoenix (from August onwards), Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exeter Phoenix arts centre stages an enormous range of musical events. See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details. The current programme includes:
Monday 3 September 2018 -
Bridget St John
Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli
Thursday 11 October 2018 - Noble Jacks
Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart
Thursday 25 October 2018 - Phillip Henry (workshop & concert)

Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends
Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore

Friday/Saturday 7/8 March 2019 - Mad Dog McRea

Session News
This is always a good opportunity to mention that an ideal source of information about sessions across southern Devon and further afield in the county is www.flaxey-green.co.uk (which also contains a wealth of other folk information).
Churchstow - John Connor tells us that the next 'first Thursday' monthly session at the Church House Inn Churchstow will be on September 6, as they are taking a break in July and August.

Jurassic Folk, Seaton - A reminder that Jurassic Folk now only meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, (including August). There are still folk arriving on the 1st Wednesday, only to be disappointed. For any other information, call Adrian and Gerry on 01404 549903.

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[version sent on 8/6/18 to remainder of 270 contacts 'cleaned' by MailChimp, inviting re-subscription]
Once again this copy of yesterday's Harberton Folk email circular is being sent directly from my laptop (not via MailChimp, nor in MailChimp format this time) to those mostly btinternet / btopenworld / yahoo / aol / sky email addresses who were removed a while back from Harberton Folk's MailChimp database due to unknown circumstances and have not yet re-subscribed.
If you wish to continue receiving the regular circulars, please re-subscribe by going to www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where you’ll find a link to a short form to complete – and you’ll be back on the list.
Or simply reply to this email and ask me to re-subscribe you.
You can view Harberton Folk's GDPR-compliant Privacy Policy on the website.
Note that the e-circulars are now being sent from hfolk@johnculf.co.uk.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
At some point in the not too distant future I will no longer be able to continue sending these separate copies to you.
Best wishes
John Culf

[version sent to NON-GDPR segment on 8/6/18]
GDPR - Still time to update your preferences to continue receiving Harberton Folk Circulars - Please act now
The new GDPR data protection law came into force on May 25th.
I'm still hoping some more of the people who have not yet UPDATED THEIR PREFERENCES appropriately (see the link at the very foot of this circular) will do so to enable me to continue sending them the circulars. You will also find an 'unsubscribe' link there, should you need it.
The full list of 1350+ contacts is now effectively split into two parts, one containing the 955 contacts who have already updated, the other (to which this customised version of yesterday's circular is being sent) containing the remainder.
Alternatively, you can simply reply to this email and I can do the updates for you, if you tell me that is your wish.
New contacts can subscribe to the circulation at any time via a link provided on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

[version sent to GDPR CONSENT segment on 7/6/18]
Firstly, my thanks to the 955 contacts who have (thus far) confirmed their consent to continue receiving Harberton Folk emails. My list is now effectively divided into two parts, i.e. those who have, and those who have not (yet), re-confirmed. I'm now able to send separately to the two groups and will be sending further GDPR reminders (with the circular) to the latter group, and can assure everyone receiving this version of today's that this is the last time I will mention GDPR! Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

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Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 25 May 2018
If you would like to continue receiving Harberton Folk email circulars...
...you must confirm your consent to do so - or your contact details will soon be removed from the circulation
!
I know many of you will be fed up of receiving emails about
GDPR - but today May 25th is the day the new law comes into force.
To date, barely half of my 1300+ contacts have signed up for continued circulars and I am sure there are many more who wish to remain on the list but just haven't got round to taking the appropriate action yet.
Even if you don't read any more of this circular, jump to the "Update subscription preferences" link at the very foot of this email which will offer you a very short simple form to complete - your existing details will already be there (with asterisks blanking most of your email address for security) - just tick both the vacant boxes and click 'Update Profile'. You can enter a completely different email address if you wish. (You could even 'Unsubscribe'!)
I intend to send several further reminders about this in the coming days because I really want to lose as few contacts as possible from the list.

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 15 May 2018
Sorry it's been so long since the last circular. GDPR stuff has been taking up a lot of my spare time, but I think I'm almost there now.
GDPR Update - My Next Email will Require Action on Your Part
My next email (hopefully tomorrow) will be particularly important as it will hopefully ensure that the Harberton Folk email circulation is operating in compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force with effect from 25 May 2018.
You must take action as indicated in that next email (or any subsequent reminders) if you wish to continue receiving the e-circulars, i.e. re-confirm your consent to receive Harberton Folk e-circulars.
If you do not, we will unfortunately be obliged to remove your name and email address from the circulation.
Sorry to sound rather 'technical' or officious, but this IS REALLY IMPORTANT and we don't want to lose you!
Please also note that a few changes are also being made at the same time in the hope of reducing the likelihood of these circulars being regarded as spam/junk by some email systems/providers. For example, the sending address will in future appear as hfolk@johnculf.co.uk (in case you need to 'whitelist' this address or otherwise approve it for receiving Harberton Folk e-circulars.
John

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Update on the New Data Protection Law (GDPR)
My thanks to the significant number of people who have sent comments and offered advice on this subject, following my piece last week. I'm beginning to get a good idea of what I need to do to keep the Harberton Folk email circulation 'legal' and will share this with you soon. It will require simple action on your part to enable you to continue receiving the e-circulars.

New Data Protection Law
Some of you may have heard recent mention of a new (EU) data protection law coming into effect on May 25th; some may have even heard its name: General Data Protection Regulation 'GDPR'. I am still struggling to understand the possible  implications of this for my Harberton Folk email circulars and the MailChimp data base containing your details which underpins the circulars, and what I may have to do - and ask you to do - to ensure compliance with the new law and thereby allow you to continue receiving these circulars. Watch this space! JC

Session News
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
RIP
Ermington (nr. Ivybridge): Crooked Spire Inn, The Square PL21 9LP (Pub: 01548 831288). Second Friday of the month, 8.30pm. Open mic. Music and song. No more.

Session News
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
CHANGE OF DAY
Exeter: The Oddfellows, 60 New North Rd. EX4 4EP (01392 209050). Every Thursday, 9pm. Open mic. Used to be on Mondays.

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Featured venue: Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
A wide variety of music - see www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events (www.brookinnplympton.co.uk)
Tel. 01752 297604 - including.
NEW Monday 23 April 2018 - An Evening with Jim Causley
What better way to mark St George's Day than an evening of traditional folk tales and music from one of Devon's best loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene; Jim Causley. During the past decade Jim has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and in 2017 he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the awards. We are delighted to offer an evening with Jim on St George's Day. Tickets £25 per person and include a two course meal. www.facebook.com/events/517564475294414.
NEW Friday 4 May 2018 - Peter Donegan - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The son of skiffle legend, Lonnie Donegan, now performing his father's songs and keeping alive the memory of one of the first stars of the hit parade. Tickets £3, available adv at the bar (free to restaurant diners that evening). www.facebook.com/events/1926312494365575. Any money raised from ticket sales will go towards Peter's fundraising campaign to help fund treatment for his three year old "Little Man", Eric, who has just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. www.gofundme.com/littlemanfund.
NEW Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715.

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Flaxey Green Website - www.flaxey-green.co.uk
This excellent Devon website contains a wealth of folk-related information in addition to an events diary, such as comprehensive listings for folk dance clubs, pub sessions, bands, solo artists, callers, musicians wanted/available, morris sides, a For Sale section (currently including a couple of melodeons, a Peavey KB3 amplifier and other sound equipment.

Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

UPDATED continuing through spring and into summer:
April 18/25, May 2/9/16/23, June 6/13/20/27, July 4/11
Tunelink is a community project that provides opportunities for engagement with traditional music and dance in the South Hams. It is designed to build connections between local players, dancers and venues through increased involvement in social music-making amongst people of all generations. A series of regular workshop-style sessions led by project founders Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham will focus on traditional music and dance, practical learning through playing and participation. We have a commitment to providing quality musical experience, and believe that communities and individuals will benefit from greater artistic expression and activity. For more information see www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.

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Reminder for Gmail users:
As well as probably putting these circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), Gmail also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for December
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Pig's Nose Music
I've only just become aware that music of various genres has been taking place again in East Prawle, the interesting venue being the hall attached to the pub. Sorry I missed reporting The Wurzels there last Saturday, but there are still tickets available for:
NEW Saturday 10 February 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Mad Dog blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore. Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.

Spring at Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on a wide range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, top tribute bands, dance, and much more. See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk for full details. Current Spring 2018 programme includes:
Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour
Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour

11-13 May 2018 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Latest (23/11) line-up announcements for folk and country acts: www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/news/latest-line-up-announcements-for-folk-and-country-acts.

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Folk music & song on Sunday evenings at Topsham Folk Club
www.topshamfolkclub.org / www.facebook.com/topshamfolkclub
2018 spring concerts at Matthews Hall:
25 February Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy; 25 March Peter Knight & John Spiers; 29 April Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston; 3 June Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage.
Singers nights at The Globe Hotel Malthouse Sundays from 8pm.
Concert tickets can be bought online at www.topshamfolkclub.org, also on singers’ nights or at concerts. All enquiries 01392 875332.
Sunday 21 January 2018 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Annual Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse.
Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary - Come and help us celebrate on the weekend 5/6 May 2018. Details tba.

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'Roots and Shoots' on Exeter's community radio station Phonic FM www.phonic.fm
Listen on 106.8 FM and online on 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Mondays of the month 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Featuring the best in folk/roots music with a strong emphasis on local music - both live in the studio and recorded. News too of folk/roots events in Exeter and south and east Devon. We welcome contributions from musicians, singers and anyone involved with folk/roots/world music in and around Exeter. Most importantly, listen in, then get in touch to tell us your reactions and suggestions. Contact Roots and Shoots: Telephone 01837 871498 (Martin Henning), email m.henning@hotmail.co.uk.
A message from Adrian Bull
"I co-host the 'Roots and Shoots' radio show. I specialise in playing all things folk(ish) and am particularly keen to promote local artists and events/clubs. If you are a musician and would like me to play some of your music on the show, or even come on as a guest, then I would love to hear from you. I am also keen to have promoters, folk club organisers on the programme."

'Technical' Notes
1) I send copies of my circulars to several different email addresses of my own (Plusnet, Hotmail, Gmail) to help check that as many as possible are reaching their intended recipients. Last week the copy to my Plusnet address unusually finished up in my spam folder. Very occasionally a copy may disappear without trace. I have no idea why - the joys of email! Anyway, if you think you may be missing a copy at any time, you can always find the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, along with the most recent circular(s).
2) A chance communication with a recipient of these circulars has revealed that Gmail, as well as probably putting the circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.
The person in question had failed to see the 'Christmas events' section in Part because of the above clipping.

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The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC

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Does your morris side need any new sticks?
Right, you've done May Day and the season's started, but you forgot how bad some of the sticks in the bag were. I have some well-seasoned, stripped hazel morris sticks available now, coppiced from our own small wood at Harberton over 12 months ago. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, near Totnes. Reply to this email for further information, price etc.

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Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) during the winter at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
concerning
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Selling well at this early stage
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
59 of 190 tickets sold already!
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear.
Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.
We sold out all 320 seats on the 5 occasions Aly & Phil played for us at the Ariel Centre in Totnes between 2006 and 2012. We only have 190 seats in Harberton - and 37 of those are sold already. Book early!

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings
Website listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events - Regular email updates
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk, Steve Cunio) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
Folk in Cornwall
What it says on the tin - www.folkincornwall.co.uk - clubs, sessions, events...
Acoustic Calendar - Sign up for email updates at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com
Tony Watts' monthly calendar of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mics in the South West. "The Acoustic Calendar is all about DIY music (NOT concerts, gigs, ceilidhs etc). The purpose of the Calendar is to keep you informed of all the places where you can take your voice and/or instrument and join in or do your own thing."
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.